Why The Reformation Isn’t Over

There are those who say the reformation is over. They say everyone believes we’re saved by grace. They say revival is coming, we need to partner with God and do spiritual warfare. Like Luther, I respond grace alone and faith alone. We don’t need to gin up revival or do a bunch of stuff to get God to move, we simply need to trust Him and be obedient.

There are those who say the reformation is over. They say doctrine divides. I hear Christians say, I believe the Bible is sufficient but I need something more. I need to encounter God, I need a prophetic word. Scripture says we have a more sure Word and that Jesus Christ is the Spirit of prophecy. I believe in Christ alone and Scripture alone.

Scripture alone was a hard one for me to fully take hold of because even though I read and studied the Bible, I wanted to know the “prophetic direction” coming from the prophets, I didn’t want to miss conferences, even though I felt uncomfortable at times when I was there. It was hard for me to admit because after all, we didn’t believe prophecy was equal to Scripture and after all a prophet could “miss it” that’s why you test them. It took me a long time but I eventually realized how prophets and miracle meetings were taking my eyes and other people’s eyes off Scripture and off Jesus and putting them on to doctrines and preachers that never ended up where what they taught manifested. I’ve learned that Christ and Scripture truly are enough.

Lastly, we live for God’s glory alone. I don’t live chasing after glory or longing to see a manifestation of His glory. In Jesus dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily – that’s glory. I don’t need to see a glory cloud but if I did, I’m sure I’d be on my face in awe, not grabbing my phone to take a video.

I’ve learned so much since last September. Mainly that the reformation isn’t over. It was hard for me to realize that the charismatic/prophetic/faith movement that I walked away from was no different than the catholic church of Luther’s day, adding to Scripture and taking my eyes off the person of Jesus and the simplicity of Scripture.

The reformation isn’t over. As long as we need the next prophetic word, as long as we think doctrine divides and theology is dead. As long as we wait for the next manifestation of glory. As long as Christians chase after being commissioned by a prophet or recieving an impartation from their favorite speakers, the reformation isn’t over.

Sola Gratia – Grace Alone Sola Fide – Faith Alone Sola Cristus – Christ Alone Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone Sola Deo Gloria – God’s Glory Alone

About Casey D. Bell

Bible teacher, blogger and reader of books on a mission to help people know Jesus and grow in your relationship with Him.
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